Archive for October, 2009
As I came into class that day, I never expected my day to end with tears.
Like most tutors, I looked at my students and said that I loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because I do have a favorite. A truth I try my best to hide.
Each time I come to her home for private classes, I would actually take delight in marking her papers. Her handwriting is neat. Her room is always scented. It was so comfortable, I never wanted to leave when the class ends.
She has such good manners and brimming smile. She is a joy to be around.
That particular day, she didn’t smile when I walked in her room. I knew there was something bothering her when she did all the mathematical sums incorrectly. I didn’t say anything as I marked a big X on the workbooks.
Then, I just sat there and looked into her eyes, softly I said, “Dear, what is wrong?”
Her tender voice broke and echoed in the still room, “Is cancer contagious?”
I was caught unguarded. “No, why do you ask?” I managed to will myself to speak. She then explained that her grandmother had died of cancer years ago and her father is diagnosed with cancer.
The room got colder as her voice ate the room.
I sat there, motionless. This is where, her tears erupted like a volcano. I did what my body could do, I hugged her.
After an eternal moment, I sat her up and comforted her. Intently, I found out that she was worried that the blister on her lips were an infestation of cancer and she would die next after her father !
For a nine year old, the news was too much for her to handle. I completely understand her fear.
We didn’t do anything after that. We just talked. I explained what is cancer and I could see her bright smile once more.
At the end of 2 hours, I went back to my car. In it, I cried. I don’t know why, I just cried.
The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die.
He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?”
The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
This story teaches two lessons:
1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day.
2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them.
Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of words…
It is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way.
Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times. Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another.
By: Maryellen Rubio
The surgery lasted for not more than 3 hours. I didn’t lose any blood or any sleep. The surgeon was excellent. No scars were left behind.
I woke up the next morning and I am beautiful. The best gift ever from a stranger. A blogger with a big heart. My utmost gratitude to Pelf. I can’t thank you enough. If only words can be returned monetary wise – I’ll give her a billion dollar !
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I salute Pelf and her team in their effort in being Mother’s Nature little helpers. We need more people like this.
Random Act of Kindness, this is your chance.
some people are sufficiently important to you
that the “investment” is negligible
while other people who are less important to you…
well you never make the investment
When was the last time you spent moments of your life with someone of no value to you. Someone, who will not make you richer ?
What happened to the good ol’ times during childhood when you spend time with others because you enjoy the company, the conversation?
Random act of kindness. The world lacks of it.